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The Art of Drawing & Painting Portraits

Create realistic heads, faces & features in pencil, pastel, watercolor, oil & acrylic

The Art of Drawing & Painting Portraits

Tim Chambers


Ken Goldman


Peggi Habets

Format: Paperback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781600582677
Publisher: Walter Foster
Illustrations: 144
Size: 8.75 x 11.67
Weight: 0.06 lb.
Published: Sep. 1, 2012
Price: $19.95
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With instructions and step-by-step projects for creating an array of portaits, this all-inclusive book covers everything about portraiture in the most popular drawing and painting media. Ideal for beginning artists who would like to experiment with different media, The Art of Drawing & Painting Portraits teaches the artist how to create beautiful and realistic portraits in pencil, pastel, watercolor, oil, and acrylic.

Timothy Chambers believes that painting isnÆt something one chooses so much as something one is compelled to do. After being trained as a young child by his father, distinguished artist William T. Chambers, Tim spent more than 10 years in apprenticeships with other great artists, including Richard Lack, Henry Hensche, and Cedric B. Egeli. Tim continues the Chambers family tradition by teaching his own children to paint. He also teaches students in workshops across the US and in Central America. He resides in beautiful rural Virginia with his stupendously beautiful wife and children. Tim echoes artist Charles HawthorneÆs advice when it comes to painting: "Have enthusiasm--it helps your work if you have a good time."

Ken Goldman teaches portrait, figure, and landscape painting at the Athenaeum School of Fine Art in La Jolla, California. He studied figure drawing and painting at the New York Studio School, National Academy of Design, and Art Students League in New York; portraiture and figure drawing with Vern Wilson of the Los Angeles Art Center; and watercolor painting with Liane Collot D'Herbois in Europe. Ken's art has been exhibited extensively and appeared in numerous magazines.

Timothy Chambers (Purcellville, VA) trained as a young with his father, artist William T. Chambers, and spent more than ten years in apprenticeships with other great artists. Ken Goldman (San Diego, CA) is an instructor at the Athenaeum School of the Arts in La Jolla, California, where he teaches portraiture, artistic anatomy, and landscape painting classes. Peggi Habets is an award-winning watercolor artist located in Pittburgh, PA. She was nominated as Pittgsburgh Center for the Arts "Emerging Artist of the Year 2008," and her work has been featured in a number of magazines. Lance Richlin (Los Angeles, CA) has taught every aspect of classical art. He has shown his work in many galleries across California, and he has exhibited work at museums in California, Texas, and Washington.

A master of drawing, painting, and sculpture, Lance Richlin (Los Angeles, CA) has taught every aspect of classical art-from anatomy and perspective to traditional oil painting techniques. He has lectured at several art colleges in southern California, including Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, and California Institute of the Arts, and he holds workshops in his atelier. He has shown his work in galleries across California and has exhibited in museums around the USA.
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Chapter 1
Introduction to Drawing Portraits
with Lance Richlin
Materials & Basic Techniques
Shadows & Highlights
How to Light the Model
Planes of the Head
General Proportions
Shifts in Guidelines
Facial Features
Chapter 2
Portraits in Pencil with Lance Richlin
Project 1: Man
Project 2: Woman
Project 3: Young Girl
Project 4: Young Boy
Chapter 3
Introduction to Painting Portraits with Timothy Chambers & Peggi Habets
Painting Basics
Design & Composition
Color Basics
Beyond the Basics
Chapter 4
Portraits in Pastel with Ken Goldman
Basic Materials
Make a Pre-Set Flesh Tone Palette
Preparing Your Painting Surface
Pastel Strokes on Four Surfaces
Portraits in Process
Working in Color from Black & White
Form & Cast Shadows
Creating Impact
Conveying a Mood
Learn by Copying the Masters
Pastel Over Watercolor
Watercolor & Black Pastel Pencil
Using Interior Space as Design
Chapter 5
Portraits in Watercolor with Peggi Habets
Tools & Materials
Color Formulas
Watercolor Techniques
Portrait of a Young Woman
Sunny Day
Working with Bold Patterns
Last Visit
Expressive Lighting
Chapter 6
Portraits in Oil & Acrylic with Timothy Chambers
Tools & Materials
Basic Techniques
Painting Children’s Portraits: Meredith
Painting Children’s Portraits: Carter
Striking a Pose
Official & Group Portraits
Unique Portraits
Posthumous Portraits
About the Artists
The human face is one of the most challenging subjects to draw—and one of the most rewarding to achieve successfully. Here you’ll learn not only about the basic tools and materials required, but also techniques for shading, stumping, adding highlights, and lighting a model. In-depth coverage is included for basic anatomy and general proportions, with special attention to each facial feature—ears, eyes, nose, and mouth. You’ll also find tips for drawing realistic hair and things to consider when drawing facial expressions. Armed with the valuable information in this chapter, you’ll be ready to dive in to the art of drawing and painting portraits!